The executive producers behind Fox’s Gotham are ready to take you to a new city: Metropolis. DC announced that a weekly series set in the City of Tomorrow will join Titans, Young Justice: Outsiders, and Harley Quinn on their DC-centric streaming service come 2019.
Set before the appearance of Superman, Metropolis promises to show viewers a slightly weirder side of the gleaming… well, um, metropolis. The series will follow Lois Lane and Lex Luthor as “they investigate fringe science and expose the city’s dark and bizarre secrets” in the lead-up to Superman’s arrival, and will likely be rooted in sci-fi intrigue more than street-level drama. No word yet on whether the series will also feature shadowy backroom conversations in Bibbo Bibbowski’s pub, but the Gotham folks are known for some weird and deep cuts, so we can hope.
The first episode will be written by Gotham producer John Stephens and directed by fellow Gotham veteran Danny Cannon, and the series will be executive produced by both. DC has already ordered 13 episodes of the show, which is slated for production later this year. Superman fans should still have plenty of his mythology to enjoy on TV in the meantime, with Supergirl on the CW and Krypton starting on Syfy on March 21. By this point, Superman fans interested in any aspect of Superman except for, well, him, will definitely find a TV show for them. More updates should be coming soon, according to DC’s official press release announcing the show, which you can read in full below:
Superman’s city is getting a live action TV series… without Superman.
Have you ever wanted to visit Metropolis? That bustling City of Tomorrow, known to comic book fans worldwide as one of the biggest cities in the DC Universe and home to the high-flying Man of Steel. Well, in 2019, you’ll get the next best thing — a weekly live action TV series set in Metropolis before the arrival of its most famous resident.
Metropolis will follow Lois Lane and Lex Luthor as they investigate the world of fringe science and expose the city’s dark and bizarre secrets. Airing exclusively on DC’s upcoming digital service, it promises to show us a wondrous and awe-inspiring City of Tomorrow, before the emergence of Superman, and establish much of the Man of Steel’s world leading up to his arrival.
If all of this is reminding you a tad of Gotham, the hit FOX #DCTV series set in Gotham before Batman was on the scene, that may be because Metropolis is being overseen by Gotham executive producers John Stephens and Danny Cannon. Both will executive produce this series, and Cannon will also direct the first episode, from a teleplay by Stephens, with story by Cannon and Stephens.
All that said, while the basic setup may be similar, fans know that there’s a world of difference between the cities of Metropolis and Gotham, suggesting that Metropolis will likely have a considerably different tone than Gotham. Superman’s villains are also more powerful, cosmic and rooted in science fiction than Batman’s, so one can only imagine there will be much less emphasis on street level gangsters and crime families in this forward-thinking city.
Metropolis is the second live action series to be announced for DC’s upcoming digital service, which promises to offer an immersive experience designed expressly for DC fans. The first series, Titans, is scheduled to debut later this year. In addition, two highly anticipated animated series, Young Justice: Outsiders and Harley Quinn, have also been announced for the service.
Metropolis, which will debut in 2019, has received a direct-to-series order for a first season of 13 episodes and will go into production later this year. For more on Metropolis and everything else related to the DC digital service, keep your eye right here on the DC website and visit www.DCFanUpdates.com to sign up for regular updates.
More to come on this one as it breaks. We wouldn’t be doing right by Lois Lane, otherwise!